With gala chair Tanya Powell starting the evening in an elegant Vera Wang ball gown and ending in a short runway-worthy Dolce & Gabbana, there was a full gamut of looks.
One saw understated elegance with Yurie Pascarella in Andrew Gn and Mary Beth Shimmon in Chanel; a full flowering of colors, shapes and textures from Deepa Pakianathan, Paula Carano, Sonya Molodetskaya, Elizabeth Fullerton and Komal Shah; and striking black dresses on Karen Caldwell, Azadeh Riaz, Stephanie Southerland, Stephanie Ejabat, and SF Ballet’s Principal Dancer Mathilde Froustey.
Here is our selection of the best ball gowns at San Francisco’s 91st Opera Ball, September 2013. Among the looks our favorite is worn by Deepa Pakianathan, who had a stroke of genius in combining an exquisitely embroidered Andrew Gn gown from his resort 2014 collection with a museum-worthy Alexander McQueen headdress. We’re told that Deepa was the first person in the world to wear the McQueen piece since it was last seen on the Fall 2013 runway.